On 57th Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian and Wound 82 Others, including 34 Children, 5 Women, 3 Paramedics, and 2 Journalists


Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, May 3, 2019

On Friday, 03 May 2019, in excessive use of force against peaceful protesters on the 57th Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 82 others, including 34 children, five women, three paramedics, and two journalists, in the eastern Gaza Strip.  Four of those wounded, including a girl, sustained serious wounds.

According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence with Israel continued to use excessive force against the protesters by firing bullets and tear gas canisters at them.  As a result, dozens of the protesters were hit with bullets and teargas canisters without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

During this week, Israeli forces have escalated their attacks against the medical personnel in the field, wounding 3 members of them in eastern Jabalia, al-Buriej camp and Gaza City. The Israeli forces also targeted an ambulance belonging to the Medical Military Services with a tear gas canister in eastern Rafah. This indicates that there is an Israeli systematic policy to target the medical personnel and obstruct their humanitarian work that is guaranteed under the rules of the international humanitarian law…